|Kick Acid: Balance Your pH to Lose Weight and Boost Energy|
|Written by Michelle Schoffro Cook|
Too much acid in your body can cause weight gain, fatigue, pain, wrinkling, premature aging, and a host of other health problems. The answer to getting your weight and health back on track lies in balancing your body chemistry, starting with your body’s pH.
The purpose of a pH scale is to measure levels of acid or alkalinity. But don’t worry, you don’t need to be a biochemist to balance your body’s pH. Basically, the pH scale is like a tug-of-war in your body. On one side there is the acid team and on the other side is the alkaline team. The middle is neutral, where we want to be. However, most of what we eat today and the lifestyle choices we make tip the balance in favour of acidity. Foods such as meat, dairy products, sugary foods, soda and many others are extremely acidifying to the body. The blood needs to remain stable on the scale at 7.365 (slightly alkaline) to maintain health and life. Acidity can impair the proper functioning of our hormonal systems, sap our energy, and leave us prone to illness and pain. We simply cannot survive if our body becomes acidic, so the body has mechanisms in place to ensure that the blood, which feeds our brain and all our organs, glands, and tissues, remains slightly alkaline.
One of the ways the body deals with acidity is to store it in fat cells as a way to get it out of the blood quickly. Fat cells are your body’s natural buffer against acid because they have a natural affinity for acidic toxins and acidity. Fat is actually your body’s ally against acidic food choices, so it’s important to limit them in your diet to maintain a healthy body weight and composition. Kicking acid out of your diet gives your body a chance to restore balance at the cellular level, which allows it to start breaking down fat stores and ultimately rebalance your weight.
Here are some simple ways to rebalance your body chemistry:
Kick acid by eliminating/reducing the harmful (acidic) foods from your diet:
Kick acid by making 70% of your diet alkaline foods. Some excellent alkalizing options include:
Adapted with permission from 60 Seconds to Slim: Balance Your Body Chemistry to Burn Fat Fast! (Rodale) by Michelle Schoffro Cook, PhD, ROHP.